three years later
de Pais began the construction
Castelo Templário and the Convento
in what is now know as
Tomar. The Castle and Convento
were to form a strategic line of defence against the
advancing Moorish army.
the construction of the Castle and Convento
de Pais oversaw the restoration and construction of several
other castles within the region including Almourol and
Pombal. It was in 1162 however the gave 'foral' an order
of to establish the town of
Tomar, free from feudal law.
de Pais rallied his Knights Templar in
the defence of the Castle and Convent when the caliph
al-Mansur attacked with his Moorish army. The battle was
bloody, but the strategic location of the Castle and the
well thought out defences the Knights and their
figurehead were undefeated.
such was the ferocity of the battle, one of the
entrances to the Castle has been renamed o Porta de
Sangue (the Blood Door).